Belfast Telegraph

Hamilton joy as Clingan commits to Glenavon

 

By Adam McKendry

Former Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy Clingan has agreed a one-year contract extension for the 2018-19 season at Glenavon.

The 34-year-old has agreed to stay for another year at Mourneview Park after a successful stint with the Lurgan Blues last season.

Clingan made 27 appearances in the league for Glenavon after moving from rivals Linfield, scoring 12 goals and acting as a mentor to Northern Ireland Under-21 centre-midfielder Marc Sykes.

Manager Gary Hamilton said: "Sammy was brilliant for us last season, not just on the pitch - we all know his ability and the talent he has and what he brought to the team - but more so as well off the pitch, his professionalism, the example he set for the younger players, the way he went about his business, his attitude in training and everything he did."

Meanwhile, Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey has signed a new two-year deal at the Showgrounds, keeping him there until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Since taking over at Warden Street, Jeffrey has led the Sky Blues to back-to-back top-six finishes and delivered their first major trophy in 28 years.

Assistant manager Bryan McLoughlin has also been given a two-year extension to his contract.

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